Mark B. Cooper
President & Founder
Mark B. Cooper, president and founder of PKI Solutions, has been known as “The PKI Guy” since his early days at Microsoft. Mark has deep knowledge and experience in all things Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), including Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS), PKI design and implementation, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile security, and encryption. PKI Solutions provides consulting, training, professional services, and assessments to help ensure the security of organizations now and in the future.
At PKI Solutions, Mark and his team have implemented PKI solutions at enterprises, many of them Fortune 500 companies, in industries including energy, IoT, technology, healthcare, and financial services, as well as federal, state, and local government. Mark has also led hundreds of PKI trainings, including private trainings, across the country and around the world—from Scotland to Buffalo, from Sweden to Washington, D.C.—and everywhere in between. He is also the primary instructor for our online PKI training courses. Mark is also an avid proponent of the SHAKEN/STIR global standard to end robocalls, that uses authentication and PKI to verify callers’ identities.
Prior to founding PKI Solutions in 2014, Mark was a senior engineer at Microsoft, where he designed, implemented, and supported ADCS environments for Microsoft’s largest customers and became the leading subject matter expert for ADCS and identity management. Mark developed and managed the Microsoft PKI Health Check to analyze and report on the design and management of PKI components and created Microsoft’s first consolidated set of PKI best practices. He authored several Microsoft whitepapers, including the specifications and deployment of ADCS on Microsoft Windows Failover Clusters.
Mark has been working with Microsoft technologies since 1992 when he achieved his first MCP certification with Microsoft exam #001. He has subsequently earned the MCSE accreditation for every Microsoft operating system since Windows NT 3.51, and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Security MVP, and Charter Microsoft Certified Master—Directory Services (MCM). In fact, for those with Microsoft MCM-Directory accreditation, Mark developed and most likely delivered the PKI portion of the training.
Jacob Grandlienard brings more than 19 years of industry experience as a senior level engineer. He has spent the past 10 years designing, leading, and training clients in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) implementations for medium to enterprise-scale Fortune 500 companies. He specializes in PKI
implementations of Microsoft-based identity solutions, including Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) as well as integration with other security and identity management technologies. Jacob is a subject matter expert in PKI, mobile device management software, smart card management software, and Hardware Security Module (HSM) integration.
Jacob has extensive experience with Forefront Identity Manager, Office 365 migration, Active Directory Federation Services, Windows Server—and has implemented and migrated these solutions across enterprises. Prior to joining PKI Solutions, Jacob led and managed security consulting engineering projects for several organizations and sectors including healthcare, chemical, education, financial, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical, insurance, and military organizations
Senior PKI Consultant (Americas Region)
Senior PKI Developer (EMEA Region)
Vadims Podāns is a Senior PKI Developer for the EMEA region at PKI Solutions. In addition, he is focused on tool development – working on PKI Solutions’ PKI toolset including the PKI Assessment Portal tools and PowerShell PKI Module – and online community engagement, including technical forums.
Vadims’ background is in IT, with vast expertise in public key infrastructure (PKI), cryptography, PowerShell, Active Directory, basic networking, C#, .NET Framework, and ASP.NET. He designed and developed the PowerShell PKI Module, ASN.1 Decoder, and the SSL Certificate Verifier. Vadims is a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and Microsoft Certified Professional.
He has authored several technical articles and whitepapers, including Certificate Autoenrollment in Windows Server 2019, PowerShell Deep Dive, Software Restriction Policies. Additionally, he has presented topics on PKI, ADCS, and PowerShell, including ADCS SHA1-SHA2 Migration; ADCS Web Services; Windows PKI implementation best practices; Windows PKI implementation best practices; and Windows Server 2008 R2 backup with PowerShell. Vadims has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2009 for Cloud and Datacenter Management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Latvia.
Naheed Jivani’s expertise is in designing and developing public key infrastructures (PKI) in mixed environments and consulting on security-enabled applications using digital signatures, encryption, and single sign-on (SSO). Jivani has 19 years of cybersecurity experience in the semiconductor, aerospace, and defense industries, as well as federal government agencies. He is a subject matter expert in PKI architecture, Active Directory, hardware security modules (HSMs), smart cards, and identity and access management.
Previously, Jivani served as a cybersecurity consultant at one of the top electronics companies, where he architected and implemented a PKI for users and devices, as well as managed cloud-based PKI and multi-factor authentication systems with various third-party applications. His experience includes eight years as lead engineer and architect at a leading aerospace and defense company, where he prototyped, engineered, and documented all PKI work and provided senior IT security expertise on authentication, SSO, and identity management. Jivani’s experience with smart cards expanded as he worked with the United States Department of Homeland Security to deploy smart card logons and Active Directory environments, as well as with NASA to develop HSPD-12 and smart-card-based personal identity verification (PIV) credentials. He began his career designing security solutions and working with the National Finance Center, U.S. Department of State, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Naheed "Jivani" Jivani
Senior PKI Consultant (Americas Region)
Client Relationship Manager
Carolyn Ballo joins PKI Solutions as the Client Relationship Manager where she is responsible for sales, marketing initiatives, and partner relationships. Her expertise is in consultative selling, innovative problem solving, and strategic solutions leveraging a broad range of experience to help clients solve complex security challenges.
Prior to joining PKI Solutions, Carolyn most recently was a consultant for various organizations providing sales, digital marketing, advertising, and events to small businesses. She was instrumental in the growth and expansion of multiple start-up companies.
Carolyn brings more than 15 years’ experience and has demonstrated success working in both start-ups and large organizations, including companies such as Ziff-Davis, Financial Times, and NBCUniversal. She was a founding sales member of onhealth.com, a health website startup that resulted in the sale of the company to WebMD. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Hofstra University.
Peter DiToro is a strategic advisor and a member of the Board of Advisors for PKI Solutions, where he focuses on business and product strategy and customer acquisition development. His expertise is in public key infrastructure (PKI), customer acquisition, custom development, project management and control, ongoing delivery and customer satisfaction.
Previously, Peter was vice president advanced solutions worldwide at Thales eSecurity. At Thales, Peter was responsible for post-sales services, including customer support for the Americas and the Advanced Solutions Group (ASG) globally. ASG developed custom cryptographic applications, performed security reviews, training, PKI consultancy, and nCipher product line specials. Prior to the acquisition of nCipher by Thales in 2008, Peter founded and built out the nCipher professional services business unit, as nCipher vice president North American sales.
Prior to nCipher, Peter was a member of the founding team and vice president sales and business development at Digital Delivery Inc., a data security startup that resulted in the sale of the company to nCipher. Peter holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.